HOPE of Ogle County

Opening doors to a safe and peaceful future

Our mission is to advocate on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children in a welcoming environment. Our caring professionals provide safety planning, support, shelter, and referrals while empowering survivors to build a safe and peaceful future.

Our work: We offer support, assistance, and resources to those who are contending with the effects of abusive relationships.

We help victims and survivors of domestic abuse with the confusion, fear and the multitude of emotions that are common when involved in an abusive intimate, family or caretaker relationship. We provide individuals with information regarding ways to be safe and help those involved in abusive relationships pave a path to rebuild their lives. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen and provide support. Counseling and court advocacy services are available in Rochelle and Oregon.


Our History

In 1982, after the Illinois Domestic Violence Act was passed, a minister and a police officer who identified the need to protect families from domestic violence inaugurated HOPE of Ogle County through volunteer efforts. In 1984, the organization increased the scope of client-centered services substantially to ultimately include a 24 hour crisis intervention facility and domestic abuse shelter, 24 hour hotline, counseling to victims and their children, advocacy and referrals, support group counseling, transportation, public education, professional training, prevention education in the schools, Latina advocacy, and transitional housing. In 2010, through the efforts of dedicated board members, we opened Hope Chest.


Board Members

President: Don Romes. Vice President: Debby Katzman. Treasurer: Carolyn Neal. Secretary: Chrisie LaFleur. Members: Jan Aubry, Mary Gensler, Christine Gorman, Eric Higby, Mary Ann Louis, Michael Rock, Nena Stewart, Bettie Sullivan, Dorothy Vargen, Javier Zepeda


Our Partners


Our Services

HOPE welcomes all victims and survivors of domestic abuse regardless of income, age, race, creed, sex, ethnicity, color, national origin, country of origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, limited English proficiency, spoken language, hard of hearing or deaf, low literacy, disability or religion.

24-Hour Crisis Line, Safety Planning & Referrals

Those experiencing domestic abuse can contact HOPE of Ogle County 7 days a week/24 hours a day. This service is available in most languages. Domestic violence advocates are there to listen, offer support and provide information on ways to increase personal safety. Advocates provide information about victim’s rights and about local services that may also be of help.

Emergency Shelter

HOPE provides temporary emergency shelter for adults and their minor children who are experiencing domestic abuse. Safety, shelter, support and goal related services are provided to help individuals make their own choices about the next steps to take. Transitional housing is also available by application to families who access our emergency shelter. In addition, a local provider offers temporary shelter to family pets whose owners are staying at our shelter. They are a boarding and grooming facility that generously assists those who need a safe place for their pets.

Individual Counseling

Adult and child counseling services are provided by appointment in Rochelle and Oregon. Women and men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse are welcome to contact HOPE to set an appointment with one of our supportive counselors. Teens involved in abusive relationships can also be provided individual support and counseling. Children of adult clients are offered child-centered counseling to help them with the effects of witnessing or experiencing abuse. Family counseling for the non-abusive caregiver and child is also available.

Public Education

HOPE staff provide public education to local schools, colleges, service organizations, and businesses. Topics covered are; the warning signs of abusive relationships, dating violence, domestic violence, how the community can help, and HOPE of Ogle County services.

Court Advocacy

Court advocates are available to assist those experiencing domestic violence, in obtaining court Orders of Protection in Ogle County. Court advocates provide support and guidance to assist victims through the court process and can provide referrals for legal assistance.

Latina Advocacy

HOPE services are offered in Spanish and the HOPE Latina Advocate can meet with Spanish speaking clients to talk about their rights, resources, options, and provide support.

Support Groups

Weekly support groups are available for adults and their children.

Save Our Services. Save Lives. Donate Now.

The lives of many women, men, and children are at stake. On average, more than 12 million women and men are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. Today, adults and children are in danger of losing domestic violence services and shelter at HOPE of Ogle County due to the Illinois budget stalemate.
Your donation will help us save lives and give adults and children a brighter and safer future. If you would like to join our monthly giving program, you can check the Make this a sustainable monthly donation box and help us in our mission against domestic violence. The minimum donation amount is $10.